In case you missed the livecast of “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes” moderated event, here’s a small rundown of what happened.
WETA VFX Supervisor Dan Lemmon WETA Senior VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri said they are big fans of the original “Apes” series and were very excited about bringing Caesar and his story to the 21st century. They also talked about the technical aspects of bringing Caesar and the other apes to life, saying that the technology used on Caesar was “a direct extension” of the technology used in “Avatar”. Lemmon said the work on the film has taken about “50 to 100 hours a week.”
Andy Serkis was also available for the livecast. He said Caesar was “one of the most challenging roles I’ve ever undertaken.” He also said he based part of his performance on Oliver, the famous “humanzee”, a chimpanzee many people thought was half-human. “There was an otherness to him, and that’s what I tried to bring to the character,” Serkis said.
Also shown throughout the livecast were concept art, small clips, and work-in-progress 3D scenes of Caesar. Also revealed was a four-second sneak peak of the trailer for the film, which will be out tomorrow.
Overall, while it would’ve been nice to see the trailer today, the livecast was something that probably made many “Apes” fans even more excited than they were before. If you saw the livecast, what did you think about it? Sound off below.